Monday, December 17, 2012

Pass on the torch

I want to tell you about the coolest thing that just happened. For the second time in recent memory I talked to someone who said they had been inspired by my spontaneity.  How cool is that?!?

"You were actually my inspiration for this trip - we got a tip about a smokin' deal from a friend who invited us to come and  we just went for it. I thought about you and your St Louis trip, and thought Carpe Diem!"

I *thumbs chest* inspired two different individuals to let go... and do something just because they *wanted* to. When was the last time you did something totally crazy? Not because it needed to be done, or because you should do it... but just did it because it makes you happy?


It reminded me of a quote that I read the other day, by Marianne Williamson, although often misquoted as Nelson Mandella

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I am still in awe, that the effect of choices and decisions in my life have rippled so far and impacted others.

I want to burn so hot and so bright that I light everyone around me on fire, and they find their consuming passion and burn burn burn all the way through their lives.